Seasonal Job Opportunities

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Egan Maritime Institute and its Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum seek to fill several full and part-time summer jobs for the 2024 season. We are looking for qualified candidates who will work with museum professionals in various activities. As the oldest museum in America dedicated to honoring lifesavers, we offer an opportunity to work at one of the island's most scenic sites with an enthusiastic staff dedicated to telling the stories of Nantucket's heroes.

We offer competitive hourly wages, and housing may be available for suitable candidates who can commit full-time during the summer.

Museum Operations Coordinator

The Museum Operations Coordinator is a full-time, seasonal position from May – October, reporting to the museum director. The position is responsible for the day-to-day management and security of the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum (NSLM) during the museum’s summer season. In consultation with the MD and Manager of Collections and Visitor Experience, the MOC shall prepare the daily work schedules using “When I Work” or similar software or other means approved by the ED. This position oversees the Museum’s gift shop, manages the private event rentals and EMI-hosted events at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, and acts as a point of contact for all EMI-hosted events at the museum. This includes being the point of contact for all rentals, coordinating with catering teams, and being on-site during all events. This position will be NSLM’s database coordinator, responsible for closing the register daily and reconciling with Altru.


Responsibilities:

  • Orienting and scheduling all seasonal staff, ensuring that the Museum is open to the public six days each week from late May to the second Monday in October and during the off-season as needed.
  • Ensuring the Shipwreck Shuttle is operational six days a week.
  • Managing the gift shop at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, including inventory, pricing items, and updating the displays as needed.
  • In collaboration with the Museum Director, overseeing all gift shop buying and merchandising.
  • Attending staff and other meetings as a valued team member.
  • Participating, as requested by the ED, in the Board of Trustee meetings and other EMI-sponsored events.
  • Managing private event rentals, including being the point of contact for all rentals, coordinating with catering teams, and being on-site during the rental period.
  • Working in tandem with EMI staff to host special events at the Museum, including coordinating parking, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Support of Museum Interpreters by answering questions and organizing timely visitor tours.
  • Other duties as assigned.


How to Apply / Contact

Please send a resume and cover letter to Carlisle Jensen, Executive Director: cbjensen@eganmaritim.org

EMI is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EMI is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

Housing is available.

Museum Interpreter (Museum Guide)

MUSEUM INTERPRETER: We will hire a full-time person to represent the museum's public face by conducting tours, giving talks, and undertaking educational tasks for visitors from around the globe.

Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Successful candidates will be introduced to the history of organizations such as the U.S. Lifesaving Service and the U.S. Lighthouse Service that make up the present-day U.S. Coast Guard. Training will include learning techniques of good storytelling and interacting with groups of museum visitors.
  • The principal responsibility is to guide visitors through the museum and retell the stories of courage and self-sacrifice that characterize the experience of Nantucket's volunteer and professional lifesavers.
  • Museum Interpreters may be asked to make brief visitor presentations describing collection artifacts or relating information to visitors about a personality or lifesaving event that is not presently part of an active exhibit.
  • Participate in and satisfactorily complete Interpreter training, demonstrating content knowledge and ability to interpret our permanent and changing exhibitions to the public.
  • Perform light maintenance to ensure the museum's grounds' safety, cleanliness, and organization.
  • Salary for this position ranges from $18.00 to $20.00 per hour, depending upon experience.
  • The museum is open to the public six days a week from May through early October. The typical workday is 9:30 to 5:00 PM; occasionally, there may be an opportunity to elect to work evenings to accommodate special events or programs.

Qualifications/Education:

Prior experience in a museum or as a teacher, storyteller, or historian is optional but helps present interpretive programs. The ability to communicate orally in a public setting and work well with various ages and learning styles is essential. Anyone interested in maritime art, literature, or Nantucket history will find this an ideal summer job.

How to Apply / Contact: If you are interested in the position described below, please send your resume and indicate in an accompanying message the position(s) for which you are applying. Please send your information to museum@eganmaritime.org. If you have questions, you may telephone Chuck Allard at (508) 228-1885.

Education & Public Programs Intern

Egan Maritime Institute seeks to fill several full and part-time summer jobs for the 2024 season from late May through early September. We are looking for qualified candidates who will work at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum and aboard our partner vessel, Tall Ship Lynx, to help run on-site educational activities and public programs for the summer. We offer competitive hourly wages, and housing is available for suitable candidates who can make a full-time, seasonal commitment.

Egan Maritime Institute seeks to hire an Education and Public Programs Intern. This position will report to the Education and Public Programs Director and will work primarily at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum grounds and aboard Tall Ship Lynx.

Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum

Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Public Programs and working in collaboration with the museum staff lead daily family activities at the Nantucket Shipwreck and Life Saving Museum, Monday-Friday for the Months of July and August. Specific duties include:

- Led maritime-focused, hands-on lessons, set up/took down activities, and kept materials clean, in order, and fully stocked.

- Assist with Maritime-focused public programs at the museum.

Tall Ship Lynx

Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Public Programs, serve as an educational instructor and public programs liaison for our Tall Ship Lynx summer sail events. Specific duties include:

- Work alongside a lead educator and ship’s crew on sails in July and August. These sails are geared toward children aged 11-14 and focus on seamanship, team building, and leadership.

- Work in a supporting role in public-facing sunset sails. Primary duties on these trips include logistical support for manifest/launch coordination, helping with materials and supplies, and general support for the sailing crew and Egan Maritime staff.

Capstone Project: Once hired, the employee will be asked to complete a capstone project by applying their experience in this position to create their program outline for future lessons at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum and aboard Tall Ship Lynx.

Qualifications:

- We seek an individual with a background in education, public history, museum education, or related field.

- Preferred candidates will have experience working with primary-aged children and families, have great communication skills, and possess experience in project-based learning.

- Preferred candidates will possess excellent organizational and communication skills, experience teaching students in a fast-paced outdoor environment, and assist in marketing and promotion for Tall Ship Lynx.

- On-the-water and sailing experience is a plus.


How to Apply / Contact: If you are interested in the position described below, please send your resume and indicate in an accompanying message the position(s) for which you are applying. Please send your information to eschwanfelder@eganmaritime.org. If you have questions, you may call Evan Schwanfelder at 508-228-2505